List of psychic abilities

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This is a list of alleged psychic abilities that have been attributed to real-world people. Many of these abilities are also known as extrasensory perception or the sixth sense. Superhuman abilities from fiction are not included.

Notable psychic abilities[edit]

  • Apportation – The ability to undergo materialization, disappearance or teleportation of an object.[1]
  • Astral projection or mental projection – The ability to voluntarily project the astral body (consciousness), being associated with the out-of-body experience, in which the astral body is felt to temporarily separate from the physical body.[2][page needed]
  • Aura reading – The ability to perceive "energy fields" surrounding people, places and things.[3][page needed]
  • Automatic writing – The ability to draw or write without conscious intent.[4][page needed]
  • Biokinesis - The ability to change and control DNA.
  • Clairaudience – The ability to acquire information by paranormal auditory means.
  • Claircognizance – The ability to acquire psychic knowledge by means of intrinsic knowledge (just know).
  • Clairgustance – The ability to taste without physical contact.
  • Clairolfactance – The ability to access spiritual or mediumistic knowledge through smell.
  • Clairsentience – The ability to psychically feel, that is to receive messages from emotions and feelings.
  • Clairvoyance – The ability to perceive people, objects, locations, or physical events via extrasensory perception.[3]
  • Conjuration – The ability to materialize physical objects from thin air.
  • Divination – The ability to gain insight into a situation using occult means.[5][page needed]
  • Dowsing – The ability to locate water, sometimes using a tool called a dowsing rod.[6]
  • Energy manipulation or energy work – The ability to manipulate physical or non-physical energy with one's mind.[citation needed][page needed]
  • Energy medicine – The ability to heal with one's own empathic etheric, astral, mental or spiritual energy.[7]
  • Levitation or transvection – The ability to float or fly by mystical means.[8][page needed]
  • Mediumship or channeling – The ability to communicate with spirits.[9]
  • Precognition or premonition – The ability to perceive future events.[10][page needed]
  • Prophecy – The ability to predict the future.
  • Psionics - Psionics is the study of paranormal phenomena in relation to the application of electronics.
  • Psychic surgery – The ability to remove disease or disorder within or over the body tissue via an "energetic" incision that heals immediately afterwards.[11]
  • Psychokinesis or telekinesis – The ability to manipulate objects with the mind.[12]
  • Psychometry or psychoscopy – The ability to obtain information about a person or an object by touch.[13]
  • Pyrokinesis – The ability to create and manipulate fire with the mind.[14]
  • Remote viewing, telesthesia or remote sensing – The ability to see a distant or unseen target using extrasensory perception.[15]
  • Retrocognition or postcognition – The ability to supernaturally perceive past events.[16]
  • Second sight – The ability to see future and past events or to perceive information that is not present to the physical senses, in the form of a vision (precognition or remote viewing, a seer).
  • Scrying – The ability to look into a suitable medium with a view to detect significant information .[17]
  • Telepathy – The ability to transmit or receive thoughts supernaturally.[18]
  • Thoughtography – The ability to imprint images from one's mind onto physical surfaces—such as photographic film—by psychic means.
  • Chronokinesis - The ability to alter ones own perception of time causing their sense of time to appear to slow down or speed up.


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